I have a problem and I’ve named it the High Water Mark Syndrome. My problem is simple, once I achieve something I expect that I can do it again. That, by itself, is fine. In fact it’s a good attitude to have to because it is true. Most of the time you CAN repeat a previous accomplishment. That’s not High Water Mark Syndrome. HWMS is when you expect to do it everytime.
If I once ran a 20 mile run during training at a 7:18/mile pace then my HWMS brain says that I should do that every time. If I ran a 6:30/mile pace for a half marathon then HWMS says that I had better do at least that for every race. I take it even farther. If I ran a 6:30 for a half then I must do significantly better for shorter races. The killer of HWMS is that, when you inevitably do not meet your expectations, you face disappointment in yourself.
Am I not trying hard enough or am I being a wimp? When do you know when it’s time to let go of the past?